It’s Weigh In Wednesday … which means it’s time for another installment in my roller coaster ride of losing weight without really dieting. (Say what?! That’s right…after 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I decided to put down my calorie counter and focus on getting healthy the right way. There are a lot of ups and downs, and it’s a painfully slow journey; but this isn’t only about the scale, it’s about real life).
I shouldn’t have lost weight this week. Monday was the first time I worked out in over a week, I ate more than one slice of birthday cake and indulged in some of the kid’s Easter candy. The Husband has been working late a lot, which means we’re stressed to the max. It’s the perfect set-up for any kind of gain. Yet, there it is:
How I am winning this week: Hello 2.6 pound weight loss! The Husband and I successfully finished Lent without nighttime snacking. It was SO hard sometimes, but much better for us in the end. While we both know that we won’t be banning all evening snacks from now on the plan is to keep it just to the weekends (and even then I plan on keeping that to a minimum).
Areas of improvement: So that grand statement to start having healthy snacks when I get
home? Complete fail. Well, okay, T and I shared a ‘smoothie’ once. (I put it in a bowl, slapped a maraschino cherry on it and called it ice cream. She was thrilled.) The biggest issue has been our schedule. These days I’m barely home a half hour before dinner needs to be on the table, which means there’s NO time to focus on getting something healthy in our bodies to keep from overeating later. It’s a vicious cycle.
To help for tonight, I’ve got an apple front and center in the fridge so I can quickly grab it and some peanut butter after work. Given a few minutes, I should be able to slice it up and share a little with both girls (no peanut butter for the baby, of course). But that’s one day. Keeping up with this type of preparation on a daily basis is the biggest issue I have.
How I feel: I’m thrilled to have gotten past the first five pounds! Though still not completely comfortable in my skin, clothes are starting to fit me better, and I’m actually looking forward to Spring dresses!
What do you do when you (and your kids) are starving, but dinner’s not yet ready? And any advice on calming down a hungry toddler just before dinner would be especially appreciated!
(Post format gratefully adapted from The Busy Mom’s Diet)